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"Basketball is my thing. I can hoop. Case closed."
-- Slam (chapter 1 paragraph 1)

Importance: Slam explains very early on in the novel that his life revolves around basketball. He is an extraordinarily gifted player, and his skill in basketball is undeniable. However, Slam doesn’t see much of life beyond the court.

"And I’d bet two Roosevelt dimes that nobody else cares –maybe excepting your mama and that’s cause she still thinks it’s her job –because it ain’t their lives. It’s your life, do you care?"
-- Grandma Ellie (chapter 3 paragraph 27)

Importance: Slam’s grandmother hands him some strict, but sagely and loving advice. Slam’s life is ultimately his own, and he has to care about it, for no one else will in the end.

"I’m always there,” she said. “And I’ll always be there."
-- Moms (chapter 6 paragraph 114)

Importance: Slam’s mother explains to Slam that she was there in the audience for his most recent game...

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